Albania: The Gnat That Grabbed

Russia is forever exhorting small, underdeveloped countries to rise up and seize foreign holdings on their territory —naturally referring only to properties of the "imperialist" West. Last week Moscow found itself on the receiving end of the confiscation kick, target of a brash grab by its defiant onetime Communist ally—tiny Albania.

In the flyblown Albanian capital of Tirana, tough police had marched into and taken over five buildings that once served as Soviet embassy headquarters, before the two countries broke diplomatic ties in 1961. The buildings had been under the care of...

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